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Today in the World Countries

  • Africa Day is being celebrated in Gambia, Guinea, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Africa Unity Day is being celebrated in Ghana
  • African Freedom Day is being celebrated in Zambia
  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Jordan
  • National Day/May 1810 Revolution is being celebrated in Argentina
  • People born on this day are Gemini as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

On this day in 2023

  • Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison for organizing Jan 6 attack on the US Capitol - first person to be sentenced for seditious conspiracy and longest sentence so far.
  • FUBAR: Season 1 is released. CIA operative Luke Brunner (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is just about to retire when he discovers his daughter (Monica Barbaro) is also working for the CIA in this spy comedy from Nick Santora.
  • Railway Empire 2 for PC is released. All aboard the express train to riches and fame in Railway Empire 2!Don the coat of a clever entrepreneur, take over a small railway company in the early 1800s and turn your steam engines into the workhorses of the economy. Grow your company into the largest railway company of the continent and outsmart your competitors as you connect cities and companies with an ever-expanding network of rail lines, bridges, and tunnels.60 famous steam engines are at your disposal, all pulling freight and passenger cars as they usher in an era of historic importance during the Industrial Revolution.
  • The Lord of the Rings - Gollum for PC is released. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a story-driven action adventure. Take on a perilous journey as Gollum, chasing the only thing that is precious to him. Gollum is skillful and cunning, but also torn by his split personality. One mind, two egos you decide! Athletic and agile, sneaky and cunning. Driven by the desire to once again hold in his hands what he lost, Gollum is one of the most fascinating characters in the world of The Lord of the Rings.He has seen things that others can not imagine, he has survived things that others would not dare mention. Torn by his split personality, he can be vicious and villainous as Gollum, but social and cautious as Sméagol. While being vital to the story by J.R.R. Tolkien, many parts of Gollum's quest have not been told in detail yet. In The Lord of the Rings: Gollum you get to experience this story. From his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood.Use stealth, agility and cunning to survive and overcome what lies ahead. Climb, leap and grapple your way past dangers or into advantageous spots.While Gollum might not be a fighter, it is not unlike him to assassinate a careless enemy when the chance presents itself or dispose of them in more creative and villainous ways.The decisions you make and the way you play have a direct influence on Gollum's personality: Always struggling between the two sides embodied by Gollum and Sméagol, it is up to you to decide whether the darker side of Gollum takes over or if there is a spark of reason left in what once was Sméagol. One mind, two egos - you decide!
  • Denny Stolz, American college football coach (Alma College, Michigan State University, Bowling Green State Uni, San Diego State Uni), who died at 89.

On this day in 2022

  • Russian forces pound eastern Ukrainian cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in attempt to take whole province of Luhansk, with at least 150 deaths.
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus re-elected Director-General of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Dick Conway, New Zealand rugby union flanker/#8 (10 Tests; Otago RFU, Bay of Plenty RU), who died at 87.
  • Roller Champions for PC is released. Roller Champions is a 3v3 sports game where you go head-to-head against the opposing team through speed, wit, crushing tackles, and daring dodges! Be the first team to reach five points by throwing the ball through the hoop!
  • Freud's Bones-the game for PC is released. Freud's Bones is an adventure that wants to pay homage to the birth of psychoanalysis and its founder Sigmund Freud. Dig deep into Freud's bones to solve the mystery behind disturbing Egyptian artifacts, philosophical puzzles, and perverse sexual disorders in this unprecedented indie adventure game.

On this day in 2021

  • New research show impact of 'climate racism'in the US, with black people facing double (+3.12C) the amount of heat stress in urban areas.
  • US CDC says half of all US adults are now fully vaccinated, with 61% having had their first shot.
  • Strangeland for PC is released. You awake in a nightmarish carnival and watch a golden-haired woman hurl herself down a bottomless well for your sake. You seek clues and help from jeering ravens, an eyeless scribe, a living furnace, a mismade mermaid, and many more who dwell within the park. All the while, a shadow shrieks from atop a towering roller-coaster, and you know that until you destroy this Dark Thing, the woman will keep jumping, falling, and dying, over and over again....Strangeland is a classic point-and-click adventure that integrates a compelling narrative with engaging puzzles. For almost a decade, we've been working on a worthy successor to the fan-acclaimed Primordia, and we are proud, at long last, to share our second game.
  • An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs for PC is released. An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs is a first-person open-world comedy adventure game with a very long name. You and your fiancee are the last two human beings left in the universe. Dogs run airports, along with the rest of society. Deal with alien logic, travel issues, and strange stock photo dogs as you attempt to stay in touch with the person you love, when you both live your lives on the go!
  • Biomutant for PlayStation 4 is released. Biomutant is an open-word, post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable RPG, with a unique martial arts styled combat system allowing you to mix melee, shooting and mutant ability action. Your actions play a major part in the unfolding of a story where End is coming to the New World. A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided, in need of someone strong enough to unite them or bring them all down...Although you are guided through the world by a Storyteller that narrates every step of your journey, it's your actions and choices that'll decide how your story of survival ends.
  • Capcom Arcade Stadium for PlayStation 4 is released. Relive the Capcom classics!Shooters, fighting, actionall your favorite genres in this exciting collection! Capcom Arcade Stadium brings back all the nostalgia of the arcade, while adding in new and exciting features you'll wish you had back then!Just Like the Good Old DaysFrom 3D-rendered arcade cabinets to scanline filters, there's everything you need to recreate that arcade atmosphere. Fully customizable display settings let you craft your own personal experience and truly relive the glory days of arcade gaming.Brand New Ways to PlayWith gameplay rewind, speed adjustment, and the ability to save and load your game at any time, your old favorites will feel new all over again!Every game has online leaderboard rankings, so you can see where you stack up against players all over the world!Capcom Arcade Stadium, where retro appeal meets cutting-edge features for a fresh take on Capcom's classics!
  • King of Seas for PlayStation 4 is released. King of Seas is an Action Role playing game set in a procedural pirate world. An epic adventure awaits you in a fantastic world, dotted with fights, lost islands and treasures. A universe that will keep you anchored as you struggle to become the king of all pirates.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster for Switch is released. Reawaken your inner demon in a modernized version of the acclaimed ATLUS classic, Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster. What begins as a normal day in Tokyo turns out to be everything but, when the Conception – an ethereal apocalypse – is invoked. The remains of the world are swallowed by chaos, as a demonic revolution descends into a broken city. Caught between a battle of Gods and demons, the choices you make can bring life, rebirth, or death, and determine who triumphs. This genre-defining, infamously punishing RPG is back and now includes:Remastered 3D models and backgroundsAdditional difficulty settings for players of all skill levelsSuspend save -- save your progress whenever you need!Voiced audio -- choose between Japanese and English VO
  • Maneater for Switch is released. Maneater is a Single-Player Action RPG, set in the unforgiving waters of the Gulf Coast. Fight to survive in the open ocean, with danger lurking at every depth. Your only tools are your wits, your jaws, and an uncanny ability to evolve as you feed. Anything and everything is on the menu… kill or be killed.
  • Very Very Valet for Switch is released. 1 to 4 players control an "elite"team of puppet valets, working together to overcome any and all valet-related challenges. It's going to take teamwork and a certain "just park it anywhere"mentality to save the world from a severe parking crisis! It's not enough to just be a valet - be a VERY VERY VALET. Valet alone or with friends! Up to four players can work together to solve this severe parking shortage. Help each other and hitch a ride, or cause chaos launching your fellow valets wildly - the choice is yours. Driving has never been easier - just point and go! Accessible driving controls allow anyone to quickly become a valet, with plenty of hidden techniques for mastering your valet game and cornering the market.
  • Coup in Mali as military Colonel Assimi Goïta ousts country's civilian President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane arresting and detaining them.
  • J. D. Roberts, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (University of Oklahoma; Outland Trophy 1953) and coach (New Orleans Saints), who died at 88.

On this day in 2020

  • Video of African American George Floyd's arrest and murder while restrained in Minneapolis police custody shows he was pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin's knee for 8 minuted and 46 seconds, ignites widespread condemnation and nationwide protests.
  • Joel Revzen, American opera conductor and pianist, who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 74.
  • George Floyd, African American bouncer, murdered at 46 while restrained in police custody by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who placed his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds causing mechanical asphyxia.
  • Balbir Singh Snr., Indian field hockey centre forward (Olympic gold 1948,52,56) and coach (World Cup gold 1975), who died at 96.
  • Marcelino Campanal, Spanish soccer defender (11 caps; Real Avilés CF, Sevilla FC, Deportivo de La Coruña), who died at 88.
  • Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), who died at 82.
  • Wildfire (2020) for PC is released. Master the elements in this stealth game where everything burns. Start fires, freeze water, and move earth itself to outsmart superstitious enemies who fear your power. Rescue captive villagers and reclaim your home by turning the environment against the army sent to hunt you down.
  • Wildfire for PC is released. Master the elements in this stealth game where everything burns. Start fires, freeze water, and move earth itself to outsmart superstitious enemies who fear your power. Rescue captive villagers and reclaim your home by turning the environment against the army sent to hunt you down.

On this day in 2019

  • 72nd Cannes Film Festival: Bong Joon-ho's South Korean film "Parasite" wins the Palme d'Or, Mati Diop, first black woman in competition wins Grand Prix award for "Atlantics".
  • Tornado tears through El Reno, Oklahoma. killing two and injuring dozens.
  • Boat capsizes on Lake Mai-Ndombe, western Democratic Republic of Congo, drowning at least 45 with 200 missing.
  • First ever albino panda footage in the wild released (taken in April) from China's Wolong National Nature Reserve.
  • LaSalle Leffall Jr., American surgeon, medical educator, and 1st black president of the American Cancer Society (1978), and the American College of Surgeons (1995), who died at 89.

On this day in 2018

  • Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to New York police to face charges of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct.
  • Actor Hugh Grant marries Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein.
  • Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, who died at 90.
  • Summer 1993 is released. In the summer 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister for whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.
  • In Darkness is released. Blind pianist Sofia (Natalie Dormer) overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). It is the start of a journey that pulls Sofia out of her depth and brings her into contact with Veronique’s father, Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet). A Serbian businessman accused of being a war criminal, Sofia is drawn into a dangerous world of corruption, investigating police, hitmen and the Russian mafia – a world with links to Sofia’s own hidden past and a path of revenge she has kept hidden until now.
  • Who We Are Now is released. An ex-con tries to get back custody of her son with the help of an idealistic young public defender and at the same time falls into a romantic fling with a traumatized former US soldier.
  • The Misandrists is released. When an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of the Female Liberation Army -- a radical feminist terrorist group whose mission is to usher in a female world order -- one of the members takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. However, the man in the basement is just one of many secrets threatening to disrupt the FLA's mission from within.
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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story is released. Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
  • The Gospel According to André is released. André Leon Tally has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André, takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times. [Magnolia Pictures]
  • Mary Shelley is released. She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. [IFC Films]
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties is released. Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love. [A24]
  • Ibiza is released. Harper (Gillian Jacobs) is a single thirty-something New Yorker with awesome friends she loves and a dead-end job she hates. So when her controlling, condescending, germophobic nightmare of a boss sends her on a business trip to Barcelona, Harper jumps at the chance to shake up her routine. Flanked by her two best pals, Harper lets loose in the land of Sangria, where a bit of surprising body graffiti leads to a flirty encounter with a famous DJ.
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock: Season 1 is released. The disappearance of three girls and a teacher from the Appleyard Ladies College in 1900 leads to an investigation that includes English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard (Natalie Dormer) in this drama series based on the Australian novel by Joan Lindsay and inspired by Peter Weir’s 1975 film of the same name.
  • Tracyanne & Danny was released by Tracyanne & Danny. The debut full-length release for the collaboration between Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell and Crybaby's Danny Coughlan was produced by Edwyn Collins.
  • Shawn Mendes was released by Shawn Mendes. The third full-length release for the Canadian pop singer features guest appearances from Khalid and Julia Michaels.
  • Testing was released by A$AP Rocky. The third full-length studio album from the New York rapper was a surprise release and features guest appearances from FKA twigs, French Montana, Juicy J, Kid Cudi, Kodak Black, Moby, Frank Ocean, Skepta, and T.I.
  • Love is Dead was released by Chvrches. The third full-length release for the Scottish synthpop trio was produced by Greg Kurstin.
  • DAYTONA was released by Pusha T. The third full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from Rick Ross and Kanye West.
  • The Return was released by Kamaal Williams. The debut full-length release for the British jazz artist features a guest appearance from Mansur Brown and influences from drum 'n' bass, hip hop and R&B.
  • V. was released by Wooden Shjips. The fifth full-length studio release for the psychedelic rock band was mixed by Cooper Crain.
  • Wildness was released by Snow Patrol. The seventh full-length studio release for the rock band led by Gary Lightbody is its first in seven years and was produced by Jacknife Lee.
  • Dark Souls Remastered for PlayStation 4 is released. Embark upon an epic dark fantasy in a universe stricken by decline and the Curse. Explore its intricate world design - full of hidden passages, dungeons and secrets - and uncover its deeply rooted lore.
  • Detroit: Become Human for PlayStation 4 is released. Inspired by the short called “Kara”, Detroit is a neo-noir thriller set in the near-future city of Detroit. Androids, who look exactly like human beings, have replaced humans in most tasks: they are workers, babysitters, gardeners, nurses, teachers, clerks. The story of Detroit starts with an unexplained incident that begins to affect the Androids. Some disappear without any explanation, others have unexpected behaviors and strangely show signs of emotions. The rumors of “deviant” androids start spreading, but no one seems to know what’s really happening... [Quantic Dream]
  • Jumping Joe & Friends for Switch is released. The creators of Robonauts and Astro Bears Party proudly present a new title perfect for intense playtimes with your friends and family.Help Joe and his fellas on their upwards journey. Be quick as a flash and dodge roaring cannonballs, vicious bats and other traps. Perform high scores or leave your competitors in the dust!
  • oOo: Ascension for Xbox One is released. oOo: Ascension is a lightning-paced test of reflexes and skill - can you navigate your ship through these short but ferociously challenging courses? Every millisecond counts in this retro-futuristic world of miniature planets and massive frustration. [Microsoft]
  • Barbados elects its first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who leads the Barbados Labour Party to victory.
  • Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), who died after brain surgery from a fall at 82.

On this day in 2017

  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004.
  • " Wonder Woman" directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine premieres in Los Angeles - 1st superhero film directed by a woman.
  • Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), who died at 91.
  • Gina Fratini, Fashion Designer.
  • Baywatch is released. Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zac Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. [Paramount Pictures]
  • Vanquish for PC is released. Directed by Shinji Mikami, VANQUISH is a sci-fi shooter of epic proportions with a fast, fluid and frenetic combat system, and an engaging and immersive storyline. Players take the role of Sam, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battle suit, in a near future world where nations war over the planet's remaining energy resources. A versatile fighter with a huge arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Sam also has an array of martial arts skills that he can use to take down his robot enemies.
  • Pitched battles between Islamic State-linked militants and Philippine government troops in and around Marawi, leave 43 dead, with thousands fleeing.

On this day in 2016

  • Neil Cunningham, Race Car Driver.
  • Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), who died at 104.
  • Unlocking the Cage is released. Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Arguing that cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights, Steve and his legal team are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals. [First Run Features]
  • Wayward Pines: Season 2 is released. Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric) comes out of suspended animation to find the town in revolt.

On this day in 2015

  • Texas Rising: Season 1 is released. The beginnings of The Texas Rangers and General Sam Houston's (Bill Paxton) fight for independence from Mexico's rule by General Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez) are covered in the History Channel eight-hour miniseries.
  • Grace of Monaco: Season 1 is released. After bad reviews after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, Lifetime picked up the rights for the movie that focuses on the time when Princess Grace (Nicole Kidman) was considering returning to the silver screen to star in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie.
  • MISSING: An Interactive Thriller - Episode One for PC is released. MISSING is an episodic series bringing the 90's FMV games and classic adventure together in a unique experience. Use your brain to solve puzzles, find items and use reflexes in action sequences to help the characters progress in the story.
  • The Evil Within: The Executioner for PlayStation 4 is released. Experience firsthand the powerful force that is The Keeper in The Evil Within: The Executioner. This third and final add-on for The Evil Within places players in a series of battle arenas all from the first-person perspective of The Keeper. Initially armed with The Keepers signature hammer, players will fight against a host of The Evil Withins iconic villains to earn new weapons and upgrades. Set in the Manor House of the Victoriano Estate, The Executioner features first-person melee combat combined with exploration and discovery as players unearth the story of a man forced to become The Keeper.

On this day in 2014

  • Indianapolis 500: American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay holds off runner-up Hélio Castroneves of Brazil by a margin of 0.0600 seconds, the second-closest finish in race history.
  • Happy Endings actress Casey Wilson at the age of 33 weds comedy writer David Caspe at the age of 35 in Ojai, California.
  • Actress Lisa Edelstein at the age of 48 weds artist Robert Russell in Los Angeles.
  • Berniece Baker Miracle, American writer (My Sister Marilyn) and half-sister of Marilyn Monroe, who died at 94.
  • The Normal Heart is released. Ryan Murphy's adaptation of Larry Kramer's Tony-winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis. After seeing a friend succumb to a new disease killing gay men at the offices of Dr. Emma Brookner (Julia Roberts), Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) seeks to organize more action to combat it, even as his bluntness threatens to alienate people around him including his brother Ben (Alfred Molina), his lover Felix (Matt Bomer), and Bruce Niles (Taylor Kitsch), a closeted investment banker.
  • Petro Poroshenko is elected President of Ukraine.
  • Dalia Grybauskaite is re-elected President of Lithuania.
  • Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general and 1st President of Poland (1989-90), who died at 90.
  • Herb Jeffries [Umberto Alejandro Ballentino], American actor and director (The Bronze Buckaroo, Mundo depravados), who died of heart failure at 100.


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